Laminectomy in South Africa

Laminectomy or decompression surgery is a procedure of removal of the dorsal coating of the spinal canal called the lamina. Mostly done to reduce excessive pressure buildup, this procedure helps in providing umpteenth relief to patients undergoing severe pain. The procedure is performed involves minimum invasion and shows signs of early recovery as compared to other procedures. It is less complex and comparatively more successful, owing to which, laminectomy is being implemented by thousands of surgeons across the world. 

What is Laminectomy Surgery?

Laminectomy is performed to reduce pressure buildup within the spine. This is mostly experienced by aging people or individuals diagnosed with spinal arthritis, as a result of which, bone spur formation occurs. These are extra-spinal ingrowths that pose additional pressure inside the spine. Thus, to relieve this pressure, the lamina or the spinal covering is removed from the dorsal side. The two types of laminectomy generally performed are:

  • Cervical Laminectomy: Surgical procedure performed in any of the seven cervical region 
  • Lumbar Laminectomy: Surgical procedure performed in any of the five lumbar region. 

Ideal Candidates for Laminectomy Surgery 

Laminectomy is performed among individuals suffering from spinal pain or spinal arthritis. The procedure is performed among candidates who:

  • Are diagnosed with bone spurs
  • Show signs of muscular immobility, feeling of numbness, or loss of sensation in particular region
  • Spinal pain due to exaggerated pressure buildup
  • Have bowel dysfunctionality due to spinal problems

In some cases, laminectomy is also required in patients undergoing other spinal surgeries. 

Factors affecting the cost of Laminectomy

The laminectomy cost may vary from $26,000 to $77,000 depending on a number of factors, which are:

  • Age of the candidate. The procedure performed on candidates above 65 years of age costs more than that performed on individuals below 65 years.
  • Extent of procedure required
  • Type of laminectomy required
  • Performed whether individually or merged with another surgical procedure
  • Healthcare facility availed.
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About the Laminectomy

Laminectomy is also known as decompression surgery. In this surgical procedure, a part of the vertebral bone called lamina is removed to create additional space. The lamina is the back part of the vertebrae that covers the spinal canal. Removing the lamina enlarges the spinal canal and thus, helps relieve pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord. Bony growths, especially in people with spinal arthritis, may put an additional pressure on the spinal cord. It may cause severe back pain and in some severe cases, can even cause paralysis. Narrowing of the space between the vertebrae is also known as spinal stenosis.

Laminectomy surgery, which is a form of spinal stenosis treatment, helps relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves by creating a room between the vertebrae and the cord. When the pressure on the spinal cord in the case of lumbar spinal stenosis is relieved by creating a space between the lumbar vertebrae, the procedure is known as lumbar laminectomy. During a lumbar laminectomy, the surgeon may even remove the ligaments or bone spurs pressing the spinal cord.

How is Laminectomy performed?

During the surgery, the following steps are performed:

  • You are asked to lie on your abdomen in a kneeling position so that the pressure and weight of the abdomen on the spine is minimal.
  • Anesthesia is administered prior to making the incision to numb the area and also to put you into a temporary sleep.
  • The surgeon makes an incision over the targeted vertebrae directly
  • The team then removes complete or a part of the lamina and the ligaments to see the affected nerve root.
  • The nerve root is shifted back to the center of the spinal column before removing the disk or ligaments and bone spurs compressing the spinal cord. This is also known as decompression.
  • In some patients, spinal fusion is conducting at this time to stabilize the spine.
  • After the targeted disks are removed, the incision is closed with the help of sutures.

Recovery from Laminectomy

Laminectomy surgery takes anywhere between two to three hours to complete. The loss of blood during the surgery is minimal. Shortly after the surgery, the patient is moved to the recovery room. After a few hours, the patient is transferred to the normal hospital room. The patient can expect the following things after the surgery:

  • You will be asked to lie on your side.
  • A catheter may be placed to drain the bladder.
  • Pain may be there for a few days. However, it is managed with the help of painkillers.
  • Compression stockings or compression boots may be advised to prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs.
  • You will be asked to start walking after a few hours of the surgery.
  • You will be advised to perform certain breathing exercises, tighten the abdominal muscles to support the spine, and always bend at the hip after the surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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